‘My shed rocks to the sound of music’

shed heaven: Chapel A House Concerts organiser Alan Gibson with Sheffield singer-songwriter Philippa Hanna
shed heaven: Chapel A House Concerts organiser Alan Gibson with Sheffield singer-songwriter Philippa Hanna
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Intimate gigs are often those treasured most by performers and fans. But Leeds dad Alan Gibson has taken this to another level – organising mini concerts at his home.

Musicians from the US, as well as from across the city, have taken to his home-made stage for the monthly unplugged sessions in his garden shed.

The capacity is a tiny 30 and guests don’t pay, they’re simply asked for a contribution to cover artists’ costs.

Alan, 58, said: “It’s just something I wanted to do because of my love of music and I wanted to help new musicians.

“The house concert buzz is such an intimate gig, attracting friends, workmates and the wider community, giving them a chance to interact in a friendly and fun environment.”

A civil engineer by day, the dad-of-four has been organising gigs in his spare time since the 1970s. The idea of bringing performances closer to home came when a friend from the US asked him to arrange a few low-key gigs and suggested a house concert – a well-established feature in the US.

Chapel A House Concerts are a family affair, with helpers including daughter Sarai on the welcome desk and wife Bernice whipping up Caribbean dishes.

The next performance is on November 1, featuring Kristyna Myles, who won national singing contest Busk Idol.

Alan said: “I can’t believe all these artists are coming to our little house but they all seem excited about the novelty of it.”

Email chapelahouseconcerts@gmail.com or ring 07946 754 599.

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